Learn how to press flowers and create stunning artwork in minutes with the Microfleur Microwave Flower Press.
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When my family moved into our new home a few years ago, I wanted to surprise my husband with a keepsake from our first year there. Botanical prints were gaining in popularity, so I felt inspired to create my own DIY pressed flower art. The only problem was that I knew nothing about pressing flowers! Luckily, I discovered the Microfleur Microwave Flower Press. In minutes, I transformed garden flowers into original artwork.
- The Microfleur Max (9″ press) or The Microfleur Regular (5″ press)
- Fresh flowers
- Cardstock paper or backing of your choice
- Craft glue/adhesive
For this tutorial, I’m using The Microfleur Max.
Did you notice that you won’t need any phone books or bricks for this type of flower press? Traditional methods of pressing flowers with heavy books can take 3-4 weeks, while the Microfleur allows you to press flowers within minutes using a microwave. Hooray!
Step 1: Select and prepare flowers to press
My Microfleur Max has allowed me to press a variety of plants and flowers, including roses, angelonia, esperanza, plumbago, vincas, crepe myrtle blossoms and ferns.
When selecting flowers to press, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Very thin flowers may need more care, as they can stick to the fabric liner more easily.
- For thick blooms, consider dismantling the flowers or cutting them into flatter pieces.
- Newer blossoms tend to retain their color better than older blooms.
Step 2: Prime the Microfleur fill-pack
If you’re using the Microfleur for the first time or after a long break, spray the inner fill pack with water. This prevents scorching.
Step 3: Arrange flowers in the press and apply clamps
To press multiple flowers at once, make sure the blooms have a similar thickness or texture. You may choose to overlap petals from multiple flowers, but I prefer to create my layers after I complete the drying process.
Step 4: Microwave flowers in the Microfleur
Microfleur has guidance on drying times for different types of microwave ovens. In my experience, an initial burst of 25-30 seconds on high power, followed by several 10-second cycles, generally does the trick. Every flower requires a different amount of time depending on its moisture level and thickness. I had fun experimenting until I struck the right balance!
After the first long burst, you can make slight adjustments to any petals or stems, if desired. In my three years of pressing flowers, I’ve learned it’s wise to loosen the flowers from the fabric liner after the initial burst to prevent sticking later.
For best results, open your flower press to ventilate the flowers between cycles. You’ll know your pressed flowers are ready when they feel dry and “papery” to the touch. Petals and leaves should not droop either.
Step 5: Arrange and glue flowers on cardstock or backing of your choice
Once you have completed the drying process, you can begin arranging your pressed flower art! I find that tweezers allow me to handle delicate flowers more easily. Microfleur sells a great pair of nylon tweezers made just for this purpose.
When your flowers finally strike a pose you like, snap a photo before you begin gluing the stems and petals to the backing of your choice.
Step 6: Frame and display your pressed flower art
If you’re using a matted frame, use clear tape to attach your backing to the matte. As the seasons change, this gives you the option to update your flower press art.
You may be wondering, “How long do pressed flowers last?” Over time, some fading will occur, especially if placed in direct sunlight. However, gradual aging can add to the rustic charm of flower press art.
What else can you make with pressed flowers?
Beyond making pressed flower art, you can use your press for a range of DIY projects, including cards, decoupage, ornaments, bookmarks, and tabletop decor. To get started, pick up your own Microfleur Max or Microfleur Regular flower press here.
Now that you know how to press flowers, what projects do you have in mind?
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Thank you again to Microfleur for sponsoring this post! The opinions expressed in this post are completely my own, and I only recommend products I personally use and enjoy. For more information, please see my disclosures.